Category archives for: Education

Brisas school’s marimba band grows from teacher’s passion

by Chelsea Martin Research has found that studying music facilitates learning other subjects and enhances skills that children inevitably exercise in different areas. Kyrene de las Brisas music teacher Karen Monks is one who boldly preaches by those dictums. Monks, who has been with the Kyrene district since 1981, has been a fervent believer in […]

Fine Arts Showcase Preview

More than 500 Kyrene kids are busy preparing for a free, firstever, district-wide Fine Arts Showcase, coming to Desert Vista High School on Friday, April 4. Art and music students from throughout the district will show off their talents, including choir from Waggoner; D.R.U.M. Club from Niños; art group from Traditional Academy; Mallet Masters from […]

MCC promotes civic engagement

By Sally Mesarosh Mesa Community College student Amanda Fahy believes there’s more to a college education than just academics. This past semester she took time from her studies to volunteer at Care Partnership, a nonprofit that helps nearly 20,000 people every year. Fahy helped out in the organization’s after-school program by assisting with homework and […]

Young Einsteins

Photo courtesy Jim Frazey A team from Aprende Middle School participated in an ASU East science fair sponsored by Fiesta Bowl, Honeywell, US Airways and others. The team of four seventh graders placed first out of 64 teams and was due to be among six out of more than180 groups competing Feb. 22 at Arizona […]

Students’ book drive aims to promote literacy in Spanish-speaking countries

By Hayley Gorman One book can change the life of a child. In Latin American countries there aren’t nearly enough children’s books. McClintock High School is helping promote literacy in such countries by collecting money for a non profit charity, Books for a Better World. “Our goal is to promote literacy by distributing books,” President […]

‘Taste of Kyrene’

Story By Chelsea Martin Raising awareness is Shari Vogel’s longtime mantra—and now her daily objective, as this year’s Taste of Kyrene’s co-chair. Vogel was a volunteer of the event for three years prior to accepting the larger planning role this time around. Taste of Kyrene was created to raise funds for the Kyrene Foundation which […]

Two Kyrene schools, principals earn gold awards for impressive academic gains

Story by Diana Whittle Two elementary schools in the Kyrene district demonstrated an Olympic-like feat and grabbed the gold as a “Beat the Odds” school. Both Kyrene de los Manitas in Tempe and Kyrene de las Lomas in Ahwatukee have principals who participated in a mentoring and training program sponsored by the Beat the Odds […]

Kids get a jump start on careers of the future

Story by Diana Whittle Photo by Billy Hardiman For middle-school students who like to learn from hands-on projects, a new program in the Tempe district may provide a custom-made fit. Fees College Preparatory Academy announced its Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics program, now commonly referred to as STEM, for grades 6 to 8 starting this […]

Passion for government launches Corona on a quest for best in U.S.

Story by Chelsea Martin It’s official. Corona del Sol High School’s Competition Government team, under the guidance of teacher Tim Smith, earned bragging rights at the “We the People” Arizona state tournament on Jan. 6. The team will represent Arizona in the 27th annual We the People National Finals April 26-28 on the campus of […]

Kid Power

Photo by Chelsea Martin Resource students from Kyrene del Sureño Elementary School presented their semester project to a welcoming, supportive crowd, including the students’ families, a contingent of fellow students and special guests, including district superintendent Dr. David Schauer; principal Dr. Marianne Lescher, who developed the project; and district science coordinator Monica Crowder. The students’ […]

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